Few years ago, I celebrated by my birthday with a lunch out, a trip to a bookstore and spent the afternoon reading my new haul of kiko machine comics.
Today was one of those quiet celebrations.
Last night, before I went to bed I had praise and worship in the dark. Singing along my favorite hymns. During my quiet time I asked the Lord of two things for my birthday. Good Health because the 24 year old self was very sickly. From countless tonsilitis, sprained ankle with torn ligamemt to mild pneumonia and to top it off a bad case of allergies from a week ago. I also asked to restore to me the joy of His salvation.
I was supposed to spent the day with my cousin, watch a movie and eat potato corner fries. That’s all I wished for today but my dad asked me to reschedule and stay home instead because he will be going to the farm.
I spent my birthday at home re-watching some of my favorite movies and reading one of my new book.
Today was one of those quiet celebrations and I’m happy and content.
I heard my dad on the phone after dinner talking to my mom who’s in Bataan right now. He sound disappointed that I wasn’t able to go out and watch a movie for my birthday.
It moved me.
It breaks my earthly father’s heart to withhold something from me for it brings him joy to give and do things (he fixed my old laptop yesterday) for me.
How much more the desire of my heavenly Father to give me the best things in life. How many times have I broken his heart when I traded His love and good gifts for my pride.
Today was one of those celebrations of God’s faithfulness.
His grace still overwhelms me and it still leaves me in awe of his mercy. twenty five years. God has been with me for twenty five years. He saw right through me and held me for twenty. five. years. and he still redeems me day by day.
Thank you Jesus for my 25th.
I’m grateful, not because I’m overwhelmed but because I know that I am held. I’m grateful, not for what I’m walking through but because I know it leads to You.
– Hawk Nelson, I’d Never Know